AT&T Statement on FCC’s Action on Mobility Fund II and CAF II Auctions

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While many of us take broadband services for granted, many Americans living in rural communities remain unconnected.  Low population density, topographical barriers, and significant geographical distances make it economically unviable to deploy broadband in many rural areas. Today, the FCC,…

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Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

When I was a student at UCLA, my car (that was uninsured for theft) was stolen. I suddenly found myself without basic transportation in Los Angeles. The logistics of getting to school and work became quite challenging, forget about attempting a doctor’s appointment or a social event. I became a slave to bus schedules and…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Wireless Bureau’s Decision to Close Sponsored Data Inquiry

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today’s announcement is a win for the millions of consumers who are reaping the benefits of services made available through free data programs. We’re pleased that these innovative products will be able to continue to flourish in the marketplace.”…

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AT&T Statement on Protecting Customers’ Privacy Rights

Today, in a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s flawed privacy rules, several associations representing U.S. internet service providers (ISPs) released detailed principles, fully supported by AT&T, that reaffirm ISPs’ commitment to protecting customers’ privacy online. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has…

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AT&T Response to Wireless Bureau’s Review of Sponsored Data Programs

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “It remains unclear why the Wireless Bureau continues to question the value of giving consumers the ability to watch video without incurring any data charges. This practice, which has been embraced by AT&T and other broadband providers, has enabled…

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AT&T Applauds the Selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Yesterday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was selected to chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T applauds the selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  He has played a critical role in shaping our…

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Making Access to Broadband A Reality for Low-Income Americans

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

AT&T has long supported universal access to broadband for all Americans.  And through our Access from AT&T low cost broadband program, we are making broadband a reality for low-income consumers for $10 a month or less.  We believe that, at this time, Access from AT&T is a better way for AT&T to address broadband adoption than…

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The Next Logical Step in Intercarrier Comp Reform

By Matt Nodine, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory Turning around an aircraft carrier, if done correctly, takes lead time, requires great care and precision, and depends on a large crew with a variety of skills, all working together in harmony for a common cause. Intercarrier compensation reform (ICC) is one such ship. Wisely,…

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Statistics are particularly concerning when they’re taken out of context or used to prop up policies which the body of the larger economic analysis would not support. When it comes to the Commission’s analysis of…

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Broadband Investment: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

July 2007: In exchange for FCC action on its demand for four specific “open access” conditions on the 700 MHz Upper C Block, Google commits to bidding $4.6B in the 700 MHz auction. January 2008: When the auction closes, it becomes clear that wireless companies – not Google – shouldered the multi-billion dollar cost of…

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